"We just make mental errors. Mental mistakes,'' he said.
Flowers said yes, the crowd at Miami helped lift the Hurricanes, but no, that wasn't a factor for a team that made a mad run through last season's NCAA tournament.
"The crowd didn't bother us at all,'' said the forward. "At all. We just made mental errors, mental mistakes. They made their shots. That's all I have to say about that.
"It's very disappointing. We were up by 13. We just gave the game away."
"That's usually a game we win," Bryant said. "But there's nothing you can do about the past. Go to practice, get better and learn from your mistakes.
"These are two games we should of won against teams that are our type of caliber: Miami and Minnesota. Two games we should have won but didn't, so we have to go back to the drawing board.''
The difference between last season's and this year's Mountaineer team?
"That we haven't put the hammer down [this season] when we we're supposed to," Bryant said.
Huggins pointed to something else.
"We lost two pros [in Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks],'' said the coach. "Every time I look at our guys, I don't see any pros ... I see a lot of guys who think they are, but I don't see any that are. I've had 22. I mean, I think I probably ought to know better than they do.''
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